Hey everyone! It’s only just over a week and a half until Halloween, and I’m getting in the spirit with this first Halloween mani. I decided to start things off with a kind of “creepy cute” mani. Perhaps it would be best phrased “spoopy cute” though. I love the look of pastels with Halloween themes, so here’s my take.
- For this manicure, I started by applying my favourite base coat, Orly Bonder, to all of my nails.
- For the base colour I painted all of my nails white (China Glaze White on White).
- For all the designs in this mani I used the Maniology M056 Boo Ya: Ghosted Stamping plate. This plate has a variety of cute ghostie designs!
- For all of my nails except my ring finger I used the reverse stamping technique. I used a black stamping polish (Born Pretty Store #3) and filled in the designs with pastel pink, blue, purple and orange (KL Polish Gum Would Be Perfection, China Glaze Chalk Me Up!, KL Polish Dream Boy, KL Polish South Peach) with the Maniology 106 Drawing Brush. What reverse stamping means is that you transfer the pattern from the plate onto your stamper with a polish shade that you want to be your outline, and then you fill in the design with different polish colours directly on the stamper. After that has dried, you can then stamp the whole pattern onto your nail.
- Before applying the reverse stamped designs, I applied another coat of base coat on each nail and allowed it to dry for a minute or two. This made the nail slightly tacky, so that the designs would transfer better. I then transferred them to my nails.
- I finished off the ring finger by directly stamping on an adorable ghost saying “Happy Halloween”.
- I finished off the mani by applying the Maniology No Smudge Nail Polish Top Coat (Use code SUPERNOVA10 to save 10% off Maniology purchases (affiliate)), followed by my regular glossy top coat (Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat). I decided that this would be a cute matte mani, so I added Orly Matte Top as my last step.
Well, what do you think? I love the cute cartoony ghosts, and the pastels make it all the spoopier!
Watch my video tutorial below to see how it was done!